× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Utah / Gilmore Execution Controversy #41150

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 09, 1976
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Gary Gilmore scheduled for execution in Utah and is resisting legal efforts to hold up execution by firing squad.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Salt Lake City, UT) Report on Gilmore's motivation and that of those who want him to live. Background on Gilmore noted, include previous prison record before return to hometown of Provo, UT; while there, he was accused of murder, convicted and sentenced to die before firing squad next Monday Uncle with whom Gilmore lived says Gilmore made clear he'd rather die than spend more time in jail. Assistant attorney general Bill Barrett talked to Gilmore on phone. [BARRETT - notes Gilmore's comments with regard to execution.] Gilmore's letters to Utah supreme court expressing desire to be executed rather than spend time in prison noted. Lawyers for Gilmore don't accept sentence. [Public defender Mike ESPLIN - says client has right to appeal and his attys. feel Utah supreme court should review case before Gilmore is shot.] Attys. file appeal; it's supported by national orgs. opposed to execution. [American Civil Liberties Union spokesperson Shirley PEDLER - says if execution goes ahead may pave way for others in nation but if stayed, may stop others from thinking that state has right to execute individuals.] Gilmore expected to appear before state supreme court
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

(Studio) Last legal execution in United States noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Dobbs, Greg;
Walters, Barbara

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.